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Thomas Arthur Greenhill

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Thomas Arthur Greenhill (1840-1911)

1911 Obituary [1]

THOMAS ARTHUR GREENHILL was born at Beighton, Derbyshire, on 23rd March 1840.

His education was received at Cowley Diocesan School, Oxford, the North London Collegiate School, and privately.

In 1855 he commenced an apprenticeship with his father, and, on its completion three years later, he was sent to take charge of the construction of a section of the Marseilles and Toulon Railway for Messrs. Marshall, Garnham, and Greenhill, contractors.

He was next placed in charge of the construction of the South Eastern of Portugal Railway, and on the conclusion of the work in 1864 he received from the King of Portugal the decoration of a Knight Commandership of the Order of Christ.

He returned to England in 1864, and was then engaged in setting out and preparing designs for the construction of the Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield Railway.

During the years 1865-66 he was in Ireland watching the construction of the Kilrush and Kilkee Railway on behalf of the London Financial Association, and this was followed by his being appointed to superintend the construction of the Buitron and Huelva Railway in the south of Spain for Mr. Thomas Docwra, contractor.

On the completion of the contract in 1872, he was appointed to construct the Zamora Water Works, and subsequently became managing director in Spain.

In the following year he started in practice on his own account, carrying out works alone or jointly with others, among which may be mentioned the Valladolid and other water works, Alcoy and Gandia Railway and Harbour, pumping engines for Madrid Water Works and Bilbao Sewage Works, etc.

In 1906 he retired from business and returned to England, residing in Bromley, Kent, where his death took place on 20th April 1911, at the age of seventy-one.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1901.

1911 Obituary [2]

THOMAS ARTHUR GREENHILL, born at Beighton, Norfolk, in March, 1840, died at Bromley, Kent, on the 22nd April, 1911.

He began his career in 1856 under Messrs. Marshall, Garnham and Greenhill in the construction of the Marseilles-San Marcel-Toulon Railway.

He then assisted Mr. Price on the contract for the South Eastern Railway of Portugal, and was afterwards engaged on the survey of the City of Oporto.

Returning to England in 1864, he was occupied on railway surveys in Staffordshire. In 1866 he went to Spain, and after superintending the construction of waterworks at Zamora, he commenced private practice in Madrid. He carried out several works for the Madrid municipality, a water-supply for Valladolid, the harbour of Gandia and a connecting railway, and drainage works for Portugalete.

In 1908 he retired. He was a Knight Commander of the Order of Christ of Portugal and a member of several technical societies.

Mr. Greenhill was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 2nd May, 1865, and was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members.

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